Jonathan’s Blog – Why do my gums bleed?

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

This week’s blog is about gum disease, and what you can do to prevent it.

Gum disease is a problem which affects the majority of the population at some point in their lives, and the problem tends to get worse as you age. Some studies suggest over 75% of those aged 65 and over are affected by gum disease.

The early signs of gum disease can include bleeding gums, especially when you brush your teeth, bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth.

Gum disease is caused by plaque which is the white sticky substance which forms on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque irritate the gums and they then become red and swollen as they try to protect themselves from the bacteria. This is what causes the bleeding and sometimes tenderness when brushing. It can be made worse by a number of factors, including smoking, poor toothbrushing, and diabetes.

If caught at an early stage, as dentists we call this “Gingivitis”, which means the gums are inflamed. This is the best stage to treat things as there can often be no lasting damage to the teeth and supporting bone. If left for longer periods however, what happens is the inflammation then starts to affect the bone which supports the teeth, and this eventually leads to teeth becoming loose and having to be extracted. When the gum disease affects the bone as well as the gums themselves, it is then classified as “Periodontal Disease.”

The good news is that gum disease is something which can normally be kept under control by regular visits to the dentist to keep on top of things, and a routine gum check is included in all examinations I carry out on my patients.

The first step is to eliminate any risk factors, which includes stopping smoking and control of any systemic medical conditions such as diabetes. We would then work together to ensure you are removing as much plaque as you can at home, and this includes toothbrushing and general oral hygiene advice. I work together with my patients using things like plaque disclosing tablets, interdental brushes and floss to get a regime that works for them and allows them to keep their teeth and gums as clean as possible. As a general rule, you should be brushing with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes in the morning and at night, but when we are dealing with gum disease this can often be a lot longer.

We would then move on to the next step which is a professional cleaning of all surfaces of the teeth and gums, and cleaning below the gumline to areas you wouldn’t be able to reach at home. This gives an excellent starting point which my patients can then keep on top of on a daily basis.

With gum disease, it’s essential to continually monitor to ensure we have everything under control, and with my patients we continually check for plaque and bleeding on an ongoing basis to ensure your gums are as healthy as possible.

Bleeding gums can often be an early sign of gum disease but can also be a sign of something more systemic, and that’s why regular trips to the dentist are essential. If you are concerned about the health of your teeth or gums, don’t hesitate to give us a phone and book an appointment today.


Jonathan is a Dentist at Millersneuk Dental Practice in Lenzie. He has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and works together with patients to achieve the results they want. Jonathan has proved popular among his patients since joining the practice, please read some of his reviews on Facebook and on the practice website to find out more. 

To book an appointment with Jonathan, please phone 0141 777 7511

Jonathan’s Blog – Facial Aesthetics

I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who liked and shared last weeks blog, it has proved to be much more popular than I anticipated!

This weeks blog will discuss facial aesthetics carried out in the practice. Both myself and Philip Church are fully trained in providing botox and dermal fillers. These have proved really popular treatments since we introduced them to the practice.

Some may be concerned about what the treatments involve or the materials used but both botox and dermal fillers can be carried out extremely safely and the results can be absolutely fantastic!

The benefit of having facial aesthetics carried out can be a massive boost to your self confidence and a more youthful appearance. Another benefit is that none of the materials we use are permanent, they can last up to 12 months depending on the product used, meaning you’re not committing to a massive change for the rest of your life.

Botox, or botulinum toxin A, blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. What this means in practice is a reduction in wrinkles, which can last up to 4 months. The main areas we treat are forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet at the side of the eyes. Having botox done takes a matter of minutes and the results are visible within 1-2 weeks. Patients often comment on how simple the procedure is and often ask if ‘that was it’ when we are finished!

Dermal fillers or lip fillers are an increasingly popular treatment, with loads of celebrities having had them done. The can be used to soften lines and wrinkles and restore volume. The most popular area for dermal fillers has to be the lips, with the vast majority of TV celebrities and personalities having had lip fillers of some kind. The procedure itself is really simple and the results are instant. I always work together with my patients to achieve the result they want. If that means using a really small volume of filler to provide slightly more definition, or if you want loads more volume we can work together to get things how you want them. Additional areas to be treated with fillers can include lines between the nose and mouth, corners of mouth and cheeks.

Dermal fillers can last up to 12 months depending on the product used. At Millersneuk, we use Juvederm due to its proven track record and excellent safety record. As with tooth whitening that we discussed last week, having these procedures carried out can be extremely safe, but I would always recommend having the procedure carried out by a trained professional in a professional clinical environment to ensure you are getting the best possible service.

If interested in any facial aesthetic procedure, or if it has been something you’ve been interested in for a while but just want more information before going ahead, please give the practice a phone to book an appointment. We are offering a free consultation at the moment so phone and book today!

Jonathan is a Dentist at Millersneuk Dental Practice in Lenzie. He has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and works together with patients to achieve the results they want. Jonathan has proved popular among his patients since joining the practice, please read some of his reviews on Facebook and on the practice website to find out more. 

To book an appointment with Jonathan, please phone 0141 777 7511

Safe Tooth Whitening

A question we often get asked in the practice surrounds tooth whitening. With the procedure seemingly available from an abundance of sources including dentists, beauticians and DIY kits from the internet I understand how confusing it can be.

Tooth whitening in itself can achieve fantastic results fairly easily and can really transform your smile. Teeth tend to discolour and go darker with age, and in addition can pick up stains from tea, coffee, red wine and smoking among others. It doesn’t require loads of time in the dental chair and the results can really change patients’ confidence and self-esteem.

Legally, tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry, and therefore can only be carried out by dental care professionals registered with the GDC. In addition, safe and approved products for tooth whitening can only be sold to dental professionals, so having the procedure carried out elsewhere means they could potentially be using unsafe and illegal products which are not approved for use in the mouth. This means tooth whitening carried out in salons and beauticians is fully illegal and could lead to considerable damage to your teeth and gums.

On a daily basis I see how much my patients care about their teeth and gums and want to keep them as healthy as possible. Tooth whitening can be completely complimentary to this, but having the procedure carried out by someone who isn’t qualified to do so can put your dental health at risk. You wouldn’t be happy for a joiner to fix the brakes on your car, so why have anyone other than a dental professional carry out any procedure in your mouth?

At Millersneuk, we believe we have the best solution in terms of providing tooth whitening. We only use fully approved and safe products and fully qualified dental technicians to make custom made trays to fit your mouth. This ensures the procedure is carried out to a high standard without fear of damage to your teeth or gums. We work together with our patients to achieve the results they want and I really feel strongly that tooth whitening can be a fantastic procedure if carried out safely.

If interested in having tooth whitening carried out whether you are a patient of the practice already or are looking to join then please give us a phone on 0141 777 7511 to book an appointment today.

Jonathan is a Dentist at Millersneuk Dental Practice in Lenzie. He has a keen interest in cosmetic dentistry and works together with patients to achieve the results they want. Jonathan has proved popular among his patients since joining the practice, please read some of his reviews on Facebook and on the practice website to find out more. 

To book an appointment with Jonathan, please phone 0141 777 7511

Scottish Dental Awards shortlist: Dentist of the year & Practice of the year!

We are delighted to have been recognised by our fellow professionals to be nominated and shortlisted for awards at the upcoming Scottish Dental Awards.

Our principal dentist Philip Church has been shortlisted in the ‘Dentist of the year’ category and the practice has been nominated for ‘Practice of the Year’.

This prestigious event will take place at the The Hilton Glasgow on the 13th May and the whole team will be in attendance.

We would like to thank everyone who nominated us, the practice is based around providing the highest standard of dental care and this is only possible as a result of an excellent team effort.

If you would like to see what our patient’s think of us have a look here: https://www.dentalglasgow.co.uk/reviews/

Latest news dentist Lenzie

We will be two years in our new premises this week. It has been a wonderful couple of years and we have had plenty of positive feedback from our patients about the space and relaxed atmosphere.

We have continued to grow and we now have 3 full time dentists in Phil, Andrew and Jonathan and additionally we have our hygienist Catriona.

We would like to congratulate our dental nurse Yvonne for achieving her 25 years service in the practice. Well done, and we hope you continue for many years to come.

You may be keen to know we are now offering Anti-wrinkle treatments using Botox® and dermal filler treatments at the practice. A combination or individual use can help soften the signs of ageing and have proven to be very popular.

We are also happy to provide a new service called Implant Pilot. For patients who have been keen to have implant treatments to secure a denture or fill a gap but were concerned about the surgery we can now do this flapless via keyhole surgery. This reduces surgery time and does not require any stitches. www.implantpilot.co.uk

Review: delighted with the dental care

I recently joined Millersneuk practice as I found it to have flexible hours around my children’s school times particularly a Saturday morning surgery. My first impressions of the reception staff were very friendly and welcoming and lovely bright surroundings too. Jonathan was excellent with the children he kept them at ease and took time to explain to them what he was doing throughout the examination. One of my children required further treatment and again he explained to me what he was going to do and options available if necessary. Even after the further treatment my little boy said “He is by far the best dentist and the dental nurse was gentle too”. Overall delighted with the dental care and would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone looking for a first class dentist!

Review: great for adults and children

The practice is great for adults and children.  As a new patient, I found Jonathan was thorough and explained the course of treatment he was going to carry out and what he would keep under review in the future.  He also took a look at my baby daughter’s gums in a bid to get her used to visiting the dentist in the future – hopefully that tactic works!  All in all, the dentists, dental nurses and reception staff are excellent and I’m glad I’ve joined the practice.

Christmas Special Offers

We have a couple of special offers for you to keep your teeth sparkling over the festive period. After the popularity and success of last year we have decided to bring back our tooth whitening special offer.

Tooth Whitening: Get 1 arch whitened & receive the 2nd arch half price (saving £122.50)!
Having used and tried various methods of whitening over the years we have found using our bespoke hand crafted bleaching trays at home will get the best results. A simple consultation and impressions will get the process started with the bleaching trays ready in one week to start treatment.

Oral B 4000 Professional: Prize draw
All patients who review us on our website, Google or Facebook during December 2015 will be added into a prize draw to win one of these state of the art toothbrushes.

The PRO 4000 with CrossAction brush head featuring precisely angled bristles is designed to effectively lift and power away more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush, leaving behind nothing but an astonishing clean. The Pro 4000 with CrossAction brush head is inspired by professional cleaning tools to deliver a superior clean compared to a regular toothbrush. Set at a dynamic 16 degree angle for tooth-by-tooth brushing, CrissCross bristles are able to effortlessly attack, lift and power away up to  100 per cent more dental plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush.

Rapid Stain Removal – Airflow Polishing: £25
The fastest way to get your teeth sparkling this Christmas. Can be combined with a scale and polish for the best results. Excellent for stain removal from tea, coffee, tobacco and red wine.

To book your appointment and take advantage of these special offers, contact Millersneuk Dental Practice on (0141) 777-7511 or email info@dentalglasgow.co.uk